One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest strengths was getting the most out of his players. Despite having arguably the same squad, United are currently 23 points worse off than last season. You could argue that injuries have contributed to that – last season’s top scorer Robin van Persie has spent significant time on the sidelines – but it appears the confidence that has been United’s signature weapon, particularly at Old Trafford, is missing. Teams go to Old Trafford thinking they can get a result. United need to turn Old Trafford into the fortress it once was, and quickly.